02. 19. 2007
Relieve stress with Super Mario mushrooms
Why are those stress-relieving squeezable toys always on display next to cash registers? Shouldn't they be placed next to, say, headache medicine or antacids? These therapeutic squishies by Banpresto, on the other hand, can only be found in Japan (or in the U.S. with the help of an importer).
They're officially licensed by Nintendo and come straight out of the world of Super Mario, which is probably why they're priced at about $8 each. Unlike in the game, the mushrooms and question-mark block don't make you bigger, give you an extra life, or score you any extra points. Standing 2.4 inches tall, their sole purpose is to withstand your aggravation-induced fist-clenching. The squeezing action is supposed to be calming, but I think it can lead to carpal tunnel if done too often.